Beside the Sea (Melrose and Croc Series)

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Join best friends Melrose and Croc for a day of sunshine and laughter beside the sea! This glowing picture book from the creator of the Blue Kangaroo series is perfect for sharing with little children making friends.

Little Green Croc is in a snappy mood, but Melrose knows that a guessing game and a trip to the seaside will soon have his favourite friend smiling again.

This charming picture book is full of sunshine, brightly capturing the ...

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Beside the Sea (Read Aloud) (Melrose and Croc)

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Overview

Join best friends Melrose and Croc for a day of sunshine and laughter beside the sea! This glowing picture book from the creator of the Blue Kangaroo series is perfect for sharing with little children making friends.

Little Green Croc is in a snappy mood, but Melrose knows that a guessing game and a trip to the seaside will soon have his favourite friend smiling again.

This charming picture book is full of sunshine, brightly capturing the warmth of true friendship. Wonderfully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, it’s a perfect addition to the Melrose and Croc series.

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Praise for ‘Melrose and Croc’:

'Full of bright detail, this is a picture book young readers could well dream about as being the next best thing to entering its pages.' The Independent

'Two irresistible new characters from the creator of the popular Blue Kangaroo series.' Winter edition, Primary Times

'A heart-warming tale of how friendships begin… This book is a wonderful tactile experience, from the shimmery glittery cover… to the gentle watercolours inside, which are printed on the creamiest of papers.' The Irish Times

'It delights children but adults will appreciate the period evocation of the festive-season cities and the off-season seaside.' The Sunday Times

'Incredibly touching story.' Primary Times

'Gorgeous Christmassy story about friendship.' Angels and Urchins

'You don't have to get too sentimental to find something special…The light in the illustrations makes this book all the more magical.' Junior

'A beautifully illustrated and heart-warming tale.' Family Interest Magazine

'This author/illustrator goes from strength to strength… Mouth-watering illustrations, ideal text, two mightily engaging characters – altogether the star on top of the tree.' Carousel

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Best friends Melrose and Croc are back in their fourth book. Melrose (a large yellow dog) is cheerful about the lovely summer day, but Croc (a small green crocodile) is in a glum mood. Melrose embarks on a guessing game using items for the beach—a soft towel with blue and white stripes, a bouncy ball, and a shiny pail. Croc does not respond until Melrose asks where they might be going with all these things. Then he begins to smile as both of them head for the beach. Croc instigates his own guessing game. "What is green and quick and pulls dogs' tails?" he asks. Croc jumps on the beach chairs and dangles seaweed in Melrose's face before they have a joyful romp along the beach and jump into the water. In the end the two friends enjoy ice cream cones that are "icy and white and taste very nice." The pages are filled with active illustrations in pastel tones. The joy of friendship shines through. A great choice for read-aloud time. "Melrose and Croc" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Melrose the dog and his crocodile buddy are inseparable. In Beside the Sea, Croc is in a grouchy mood and his friend tries to cheer him up with a guessing game that leads them to the beach. Melrose is down in the dumps in Find a Smile, and this time Croc lifts his spirits by taking him to the countryside. After a day of hopping over streams and playing in the flowers, all worries are forgotten. In Friends for Life, the two reflect upon each other's best (and worst) qualities and conclude, "I like us just the way we are." When they set off on a shopping trip in Go to Town, they vow to stick together, but Croc gets lost and then found at the mall. Clark's winsome watercolor illustrations show the pals in a variety of settings, from bustling British streetscapes to the seaside. The simple, elegant texts gently relate slice-of-life adventures.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007182442
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Melrose and Croc Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma studied art at the Royal College of Art . She has worked as a freelancer for magazines, publishers and advertising agencies as well as teaching art for several years, but now dedicates most of her time to children’s books.

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